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Moffet-Well: or, A topographical-spagyricall description of the mineral wells, at Moffet, in Annandale of Scotland... As also, The oyly-well: or, A topographical-spagyricall description of the oyly-well, at St. Catherines chappel in the paroch of Libberton. To these is subjoyned, A character of Mr. Culpepper and his writings...
Edinburgh: for R. Brown, 1664.
Lusus serius: or, serious passe-time. A philosophicall discourse concerning the superiority of creatures under Man...
London, printed for Humphrey Moseley, at the Prince's Arms in S. Pauls Church-yard, and Tho: Heath on Covent-garden, neere the Piazza, 1654.
Themis Aurea. The Laws of the Fraternity of the Rosie Crosse. Written in Latin by Count Michael Maierus, And now in English for the Information of those who seek after the knowledge of that Honourable and mysterious Society of wise and renowned Philosophers... Whereunto is annexed an Epistle to the Fraternity in Latine, from some here in England.
London, Printed for N. Brooke at the Angel in Cornhill: 1656.
xxviii + 136 pages.
p i-iii To the most excellently Accomplish't, The onely Philosopher in the present age: The Honoured, Noble, Learned, Elias Ashmole, Esq.
[Signed at end "N. L., T. S., H. S."]
p iv-vi The Preface.
p vii-xxviii Viris clarissimis, sapientissimis & vere Philosophis, Fratribusq[ue]; conjunctissimis R. C.
S. P. D. Theod. Verax. Theophil. Cælnatus.
p1-136 [Text in 20 chapters.]
That all Laws which beare the Title of Themis, ought to respect their profit for whom they were made. - Those Laws which the Founder of this Fraternity prescribed to the R. C. are all good and just. - Concerning the general intent and effect of these Lawes with the particular Circumstances of Place, Time, Meanes, and the End. - Of the First Law, and the excellency of Medicine above other Arts, to which the Brethren are devoted. - That the Cure of diseases by specificke remedies of occult quality, which the Fraternity useth, is most sutable to mans Nature, and prevalent against all distempers. - Although other Physicians may challenge, as indeed they deserve, a due reward; yet the Brethren do cure gratis; not valuing money. - Abuses in Medicine censured; as the long bills for ostentation, that the Physitian may not seeme an Empirick, and for the Apothecaries gain, without respect to the benefit and purse of the diseased, when a few choice Simples might do the cure. - That many Medicines because of their high titles, and the fond opinion of men, who think that best which costs most, are in great esteem; though others of lesse price, proper to the Country, and are far above them in excellency and worth. - That many are haters of Chymistry, and others scorne the use of Vegetables and Galenical compositions, either of which may be useful in proper Cases. - Concerning the unsufferable vices of many Physitians, from which the Fraternity of R. C. is free. - Whether any one of the Fraternity being called to a Patient, is bound to appeare? and whether they are able to cure all Diseases; as well those that are accounted incurable, as those that are thought curable? - That the Brethren of the Fraternity do use onely lawful and natural remedies. - Of the second Law of the Fraternity of the R. C. viz. That none of the Brethren shall be enjoyned one habit, but may suit themselves to the Custome and Mode of those Countries in which they are. - The third Law enjoynes each Brother to appeare on a particular day, and at a certain place every yeer, that they may all meet together and consult about their affairs. - Concerning the fourth Law, that every Brother shall chuse a fit person for his Successour after his decease, that the Fraternity may be continued. - The fift Law: that the Letters R. C. shall be their seale, Character, and Cognizance. - Concerning the sixth and Last Law, which is, that the Fraternity of the R. C. shall be concealed an hundred yeers. - Concerning the advantage or disadvantage arising to Learning from the totall concealment, or discovery (as now is) of the Fraternity of the R. C. - That many Fables have passed under the name of the Fraternity, raised by the multitude who alwaies misjudge of that which they doe not understand. - That the Brethren of the R. C. doe neither dreame of, hope for, or indeavour any Reformation in the world by Religion, the conversion of the Jewes, or by the Policies of Enthusiasts which seemingly would be established by Scripture, but that they both acknowledge and shew themselves lovers of truth & justice.
A new treatise of natural philosophy, free'd from the intricacies of the schools. Adorned with many curious experiments both medicinal and chymical. As also with several observations useful for the health of the body.
London, printed by R.E. for J. Hindmarsh, at the Golden Ball over against the Royal Exchange in Cornhill. 1687.
Conjectura cabbalistica. Or, a conjectural essay of interpreting the minde of Moses, according to a threefold Cabbala: viz. Literal, philosophical, mystical, or, divinely moral...
London, printed by James Flesher, and are to be sold by William Morden bookseller in Cambridge. 1653.
Observations upon Anthroposophia Theomagia, and Anima Magica Abscondita. By Alazonomastix Philalethes...
Printed at Parrhesia, but are to be sold, by O. Pullen at the Rose in Pauls Churchyard, 1650.
The second lash of Alazonomastix; conteining a solid and serious reply to a very uncivill answer to certain observations upon Anthroposophia Theomagica, and Anima Magica Abscondita...
Printed by the printers to the University of Cambridge. 1651.
Mercury's Caducean Rod: or, The great and Wonderful Office of the Universal Mercury, or God's Viceregent, Displayed. Wherein is Shewn His Nativity, Life, Death, Renovation and Exaltation to an Immutable State; Being a true Description of the Mysterious Medicine of the Ancient Philosophers. By Cleidophorus Mystagogus.
London: Printed by William Pearson, and Sold by T. Northcott, in George-Ally in Lombard-street, 1702.
viii + 76 pages.
Mercury's Caducean Rod. Second edition, London, 1704.
General epistle to the reader.
[The text is a work of theosophical, metaphysical and spiritual alchemy, rather than being based on physical operations. It is divided into nine chapters. The first chapter is a theophysical investigation of the philosophical Chaos, from which Mercury is born. The second chapter shows some practical conclusions concerning the separation of the Chaos. The third chapter is concerned with the formation of the first philosophical body. The fourth chapter is an investigation into the blood or mineral spirit which is in the philosophical principles of Sol, Lune and Mercury. The fifth chapter contains some practical rules to be observed in the formation and exaltation of the body. The sixth chapter concerns the Elixir. The seventh is concerned with the nature and production of Laton. The eighth deals with the rise and production of Azoth. The final chapter is a discussion of what various philosophers have asserted about the excellency of the art of alchemy.
The book concludes with a copy of an oath, found amongst the papers of an adept, on the adopting of a Brother into the Cabalistical Society.]
A Philosophical Epistle, Discovering the Unrevealed Mystery of the three Fires of the Sophi.
London: Printed by William Pearson, and Sold by T. Northcott, in George-Ally in Lombard-street, 1702. [Bound with Mercury's Caducean Rod.]
Bound with Mercury's Caducean Rod. Second edition, London, 1704.
[Summary still to be done.]
[The secret science began with the ancient Jews, and spread to other countries. The author asks the reader to consider this work as a journal of his philosophical theory and practice. Those who seek the universal Medicine, must look for it in a substance which has all the particular forms of mineral salts and sulphurs within it. The first stage is the separation of the elements. The second Menstruum or Elixir is obtained through knowledge of the use of the Green Lion. The third Menstruum is drawn out of the second, till it forms the Virgin's milk. The author indicates that the universal Spirit in making the grand Medicine, works by a gradual progressive motion, though reiteration, to produce a congelation of the spirit. Thus the earthly faeces are cast off, and th4 cold and moist are made hot and warm, a permanent fire, from which proceeds the crystalline like of the wise men. He discusses the vessels and fires, the hermetic seal, and a number of obstacles to the pursuit of the art. The work is accomplished by a threefold rotation - the first stage being the preparation of the Mercury, the second is the extraction of a fixed salt out of the Caput mortuum, and the third is the preparation of the red elixir through imbibing the white with the Virgin's Milk of the Sun. The author quotes from Flamel, Sendivogius, Philalethes, Pontanus and other writers.]
Trifertes Sagani, Or Immortal Dissolvent. Being A Brief but Candid Discourse of the Matter and Manner of preparing the Liquor Alkahest of Helmont, the great Hilech of Paracelsus, the sal Circulatum Minus of Ludovicus de Comit: or our Fiery Spirit of the Four Elements. Together With its Use in Preparing Magisteries, Arcana's Quintessences, and other secret Medicines of the Adepts from the Animal, Vegitable or Mineral Kingdom.
London: Printed by William Pearson, for Tho. Ballard at the Rising-Sun in Little Britain. 1705.
xiv + 53 pages.
[Chapter one discusses the mistakes of those who have sought this Liquor in wrong subjects and by wrong ways. The second chapter describes the true subject matter of this dissolvent. The third chapter reveals the true way and manner of preparing the Liquor Alkahest. Chapter four outlines the difference between this Liquor and the Mercury of the Philosophers. The final chapter deals with the use of this Liquor Alkahest Circulatum Minor or Great Hilech of Helmont and Paracelsus.]
The chymists key to shut, and to open: or the true doctrine of corruption and generation, in ten brief aphorismes, illustrated with most plain and faithful commentaries out of the pure light of Nature: by that judicious and industrious artist Henry Nollius.
Published by Eugenius Philalethes. London, printed by E.B. for L. Lloyd at the Castle in Cornhill. 1657.
Hermetical physick: or, the right way to preserve, and to restore health. By that famous and faithfull chymist, Henry Nollius. Englished by Henry Vaughan, Gent. London.
Printed for Humphrey Moseley, and are to be sold at his shop, at the Princes Armes in St. Pauls Church-yard, 1655.
Nuysement, Jacques de [Baron Clovis Hesteau.]
Sal, Lumen, & Spiritus Mundi Philosophici: Or, The dawning of the Day, discovered by the beams of Light: shewing, the true Salt and Secret of the Philosophers, the first and universal Spirit of the World. Written originally in French, afterwards turned into Latin, by the illustrious doctor Lodovicus Combachius, ordinary Physitian to the King, and publick Professor of Physick in the University of Mompelier. And now transplanted into Albyons garden, by R.T. Filomaq.
Printed at London, by J.C. for Martha Harrison, at the Lamb at the East-end of S. Pauls. 1657.
[Another issue "Printed by J.C. and are to be sold by Nath. Elkins, at the Gun in S. Pauls Church-yard. 1657."]
xxviii + 220 pages. 132x80mm.
Fundamenta chymica: or a sure guide into the high and rare Mysteries of Alchymie; By L.C. Philomedico Chymicus.
Printed by William Godbid, for William Barlow, without Aldergate, 1658.
[Latin version from which Robert Turner worked.]
Tractatus De Vero Sale Secreto Philosophorum, & de universali Mundi Spiritu... Nunc simplicissimo stylo Latine versus a Ludovico Combachio D. & Illustrissimor. Hassiae PP. Medico ordinario. Cassellis, Typis Jacobi Gentschii, Impensis Sebaldi Koehlers. Anno 1651.
Tractatus de Vero Sale Secreto Philosophorum, & de Universali Mundi Spiritu, Gallice primo scriptus A Domino De Nuysement, nunc simplicissimo stylo Latine versus a Ludovico Combachio D. & Illustrissimorum Hassiae P.P. Medico Ordinario... Lugduni Batavorum, Apud Arnoldum Doude, anno 1671.
Tractatus de Vero Sale Secreto Philosophorum, & de Universali Mundi Spiritu, Gallice primo scriptus A Domino De Nuysement, Nunc simplicissimo stylo Latine versus a Ludovico Combachio D. & Illustrissimorum Hassiae P.P. Medico Ordinario... Leiden, Apud Arnoldum Doude, anno 1672.
[Original French Edition.]
Traittez De L'Harmonie Et Constitution Generalle Du Vray Sel, secret des Philosophes, & de L'Esprit universel du Monde, suivant le troisiesme Principe du Cosmopolite. Oeuvre non moins curieux que profitable, traittant de la cognoissance de la vraye medecine Chimique. Recuelly par le sieur de Nuisement, Receveur general du Comté de Ligny en Barrois. A Paris. Chez Ieremie Perier et Abdias Buisard,... 1620. [Also issued in 1621.]
Traittez De L'Harmonie, Et Constitution Generalle Du Vray Sel, secret des Philosophes, & de l'Esprit universel du Monde... A La Haye, De l'Imprimerie de Theodore Maire. 1639.
[German edition] Herrn de Nuysement
p i-vi To the worshipful and truly worthy Patriot of his Family and Country, William Pitt of Hartly-Westpel in Hampshire, Esq; Robert Turner of Holshot wisheth Felicity. [Dedicatory epistle, dated London, 22 December 1656.]
p vii-xx To the Reader, Whose Studies are seasoned with Salt. [Signed "R.T."]
p xxi-xxii To the Reader. [Verse in English.]
p xxiii-xxiv To his ingenious Friend, Mr. Robert Turner, on this his laborious and difficult Translation. [Signed "Jo. Gadbury, Philomath."]
p xxv-xxvi To the learned R.T. on the following Tract. [Signed "Owen Crane."]
p xxvii-xxviii [Table of contents.]
p1-220 A Treatise of The Philosophers true Salt and Secret; And Of the universal Soul or Spirit of the World.
Book I. [In nine chapters.]
That the World lives, and is full of life. - That the World, because it lives, hath a Spirit, a Soul and a Body. - That all things which have Essence and Life, are made by the Spirit of the World, and of the first Matter. - How the Sun is by Hermes called, The Father of the Mundane Spirit; and of the Universal Matter. - How the Moon is the Mother of the Spirit of the World, and the Universal Matter. - That the Root of the Spirit of the World must be sought in the Air. - How the Earth nourishes this Universal Spirit. - That the Spirit of the World is the cause of perfection in all. - Of the specification of the Universal Spirit to Bodies.
Book. II. [In four chapters.]
That the Spirit of the World assumes a Body; and how it is incorporated. - Of the conversion of this Spirit into Earth; and how its vertue remans [sic] integrally in this Earth. - Of the Separation of Fire from Water, subtile from thick; and with what industry it should be effected. - Of the Spirits ascent into Heaven, and descent into the Earth.
Five treatises of the Philosophers' Stone. Two of Alphonso King of Portugall, as it was written with his own hand, and taken out of his closset: translated out of the Portuguez into English. One of John Sawtre a monke, translated into English. Another written by Florianus Raudorff, a German philosopher, and translated out of the same language, into English. Also a treatise of the names of the Philosophers Stone, by William Gratacolle, translated into English. To which is added the Smaragdine Table. By the paines and cares of H.P.
London, printed by Thomas Harper, and are to be sold by John Collins, in Little Brittain, near the Church door, 1652.
Arcana philosophica: or, Chymical secrets, containing the noted and useful chymical medicines of Dr. Wil. and Rich. Russel chymists... Published by Joun Headrich...
London, E. Tracy, 1697.
The first part of the key of philosophie. Wherein is contained most excellent secretes of phisicke and philosophie, divided into two bookes. In the first is shewed the true and perfect order to distill, or draw forth the oiles, of all manner of gummes, spices, seedes, roots and herbs, with their perfect taste, smell and vertues: In the second is shewed the true and perfect order to prepare, calcine, sublime, and dissolve al maner of mineralles, and howe ye shall drawe forth their oiles and saltes, which are most wonderfull in their operations, for the health of mans bodie. First written in the Germane tongue by the most learned Theophrastus Paraselius, and now published in the English tongue by John Hester, practitioner in the art of distillation.
Imprinted at London, by Valentine Simmes. 1596.
A hundred and foureteene Experiments and Cures of the famous physitian Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Paracelsus; Translated out of the Germane tongue into the Latin. Whereunto is added certaine excellent and profitable workes by B.G. a Portu Aquitano. Also certaine Secrets of Isacke Hollandus concerning the Vegetall and Animall worke. Also the Spagyricke Antidotarie for Gunne-shot of Iosephus Quirsitanus. Collected by John Hester.
London Printed by Vallentine Sims dwelling on Adling Hill at the signe of the White Swanne. 1596.
Paracelsus Of The Chymical Transmutation, Genealogy and Generation of Metals & Minerals. Also, Of the Urim and Thummim of the Jews. With An Appendix, of the Vertues and Use of an excellent Water made by Dr. Trigge. The second Part of the Mumial Treatise. Whereunto is added, Philosophical and Chymical Experiments of that famous Philosopher Raymund Lully; Containing, The right and due Composition of both Elixirs. The admirable and perfect way of making the great Stone of the Philosophers, as it was truely taught in Paris, and sometimes practised in England, by the said Raymund Lully, in the time of King Edw. 3. Translated into English by R. Turner Filomah
London, printed for Richard Moon at the seven Stars, and Hen: Fletcher at the three gilt Cups in Paul's Church-yard. 1657.
vi + 166 pages. 162x100mm.
p i-ii To the Worshipful and worthy Mecænas William Bakehouse Of Swallowfield, In the County of Berks, Esq; [Dedication signed by the translator, November 1656.]
p iii-iv To the Reader. [Address by the translator.]
p v To his ingenious Friend Mr. Robert Turner, on his translation of Paracelsus [Verse signed "Fran. Jennings".]
p vi To his industrious Friend, M. Robert Turner, on this elaborate & profitable Treatise, and other his painful Translations. [Verse signed "John Gadbury ilomahmatikoV"]
p1-41 Paracelsus of the Transmutation of Metals. [In ten chapters.]
Of the Scale of Transmutation. - Of the simple Chymical Fire. - Of the mulitplicity of the Philosophers Fire. - Of the visible and local Instruments: and first, of the Spagyrick Womb. - The second Spagyrick Instrument, which is the Matrix or Philosophers Egge. - Of the Subject or Philosophical Matter in general. - Of the Preparation of the Spagyrick Matter in general. - Of the Proportion of the Matter and Form of the Spagyrick Stone. - Of the Tinctures and Spirits of Metals: and first, of the Tincture of the Sun. - Of the plain Manifestation of this Art.
p42-45 Of the Genealogy and Generation of Minerals.
p46-71 Urim and Thummim shewed to be made by Art, and are the same with the Universal Spirit, corporate and fixed.
p72-78 An Appendix of the Vertues and Use of an excellent Essential Water made and approved by Stephen Trigge, Student in Physick and Astrology; and by him gained and experimented at Amsterdam, and also in London.
p79-96 The Second Part of the Mumial Treatise of Tentzelius: Being a natural Account of the Tree of Life, And of The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. With, A Mystical Interpretation of that great Secret, to wit, The Cabalistical Concordance of the Tree of Life & Death, of Christ & Adam.
p97-166 Philosophical and Chymical Experiments Of the Famous Philosopher Raymund Lully. Wherein is contained, The right and true Composition Of Both Elixirs and Universal Medicine: The admirable and perfect way of making the great Stone of the Philosophers, as it was truely taught in Paris, and sometimes practised in England by Raymund Lully in the time of K. Edward the third.
Now for the Benefit of all Lovers of Art and Knowledge, carefully translated into English, out of High-German and Latine, by W.W. Student in the Celestial Sciences, and Robert Turner, FilomahV.
London, Printed by James Cottrel, 1657.
p99-100 The Preface to the Reader or Worker.
p101-102 [Table of contents.]
p103-125 Philosophical and Chymical Experiments of The Famous Philosopher Raymund Lully. [In eight chapters.]
Teacheth, how to prepare the Salt for the white and red Elixir. - Teacheth with this prepared Salt to make the Elixir to the white work. - Of the Properties of the Salt, how it is the Key of this Science. - Teacheth, The Composition of the red Elixir. - Teacheth thee to do projection with the red Elixir. - Doth teach the Composition of the Cement for the Sol. - Teacheth thee to make thy Luna deaf of sound, and heavy of weight, as Sol aforesaid. - Teacheth thee the difference between the Elixir and the great Stone of the Philosophers.
p126-140 Part II. [In seven chapters.]
The true Composition of The Great Stone of the Philosophers. - The Elixir of Life. - Teacheth, to sublime Mercury to the red Elixir. - Teacheth thee to sublime Mercury to the white Elixir. - Teacheth thee to prepare the white Stone upon all bodies. - Teacheth thee to make the Lutement serving these works. - Teacheth thee to understand Philosophy, as well moral as natural.
p140 [This book is signed "Johannes Strangunere" 1437.]
p140-141 To draw the Spirits out of the Ponderous Body or Earth by Distillation.
p141-144 In the Name of God, Amen. Upon Saturn, Philosopher of Holland.
p145-157 An Abstract out of Doctor Homodlus MS. De Elixir Solis Medicina universali. Of the Tincture of Gold, separated from its body, and turned to a Celestial and Spiritual Nature, called a Quintessence within the Aurum Potabile. [In two chapters.]
Of the Matter of the Universal Medicine. - How to make the Menstruum, and how to circulate it.
p158-160 Of the manner of dissolving Gold, and of separating the Tincture of it from the Body, or the form from the matter; and also of exuberating or multiplying the same.
p161-163 The manner how to separate the Tincture of God from the Quintessence vegetable, and the way to circulate the same, that it may be converted into Quintessence, or Celestial Nature and Spiritual, and almost Incorruptible.
p164-166 The way to reduce the liquid and volatile Quintessence of Gold into a fixed Stone, and transparent like to a Rubie, with the multiplication of Celestial Vertues.
Paracelsus his archidoxis, or, chief teachings; comprised in ten books, disclosing the genuine way of making quintessences, arcanums, magisteries, elixirs, &c. Together with his books of renovation & restauration. Of the tincture of the philosophers. Of the manual of the philosophical medicinal stone. Of the virtues of the members. Of the three principles. And finally his seven books., of the degrees and compositions of receipts, and natural things. Englished by J.H. Oxon.
London, printed for Lodowick Lloyd, and are to be sold at his shop at the Castle in Cornhil, 1663.
Paracelsus his aurora, & treasure of the philosophers. As also the water-stone of the wise men; describing the matter of, and manner how to attain the universal tincture. Englished by J.H. Oxon.
London, printed for Giles Calvert, and are to be sold at the Black Spred Eagle, at the West end of Pauls, 1659.
Paracelsus his dispensatory and chirurgery. The dispensatory contains the choisest of his physical remedies. And all that can be desired of his chirurgery, you have in the treatises of wounds, ulcers, and apostumes. Faithfully Englished, by W.D.
London: printed by T.M. for Philip Chetwind, and are to be sold by stationers. 1656.
Paracelsus of the supreme mysteries of Nature. Of the spirits of the planets. Occult philosophy. The magical, sympathetical, and antipathetical cure of wounds and diseases. The mysteries of the twelve signs of the Zodiack. Englished by R. Turner...
London, printed by J.C. for N. Brook and J. Harison; and are to be sold at their shops at the Angel in Cornhil, and the holy Lamb neer the East-end of Pauls. 1656.
Three books of philosophy Written to the Athenians: By That famous, most excellent, and approved Philosopher & Phisitian Aureal. Philip. Theoph. Bombast. of Hohenheim, (commonly called) Paracelsus. With an Explicatory Table alphabetically digested; wherein the hard words that are found in this Authour, and in the foregoing Preface of Osw: Crollius, are Explained. Done into English for the increase of the knowledge and fear of God. By a young seeker of truth and holiness...
London: Printed by M.S. for L. Lloyd at the Castle in Cornhill. 1657.
70 pages. 163x100mm.
p1-26 The First Book of Philosophy Written to the Athenians By Theoph. Parac. H.H.H. [Divided into 24 'Texts' or paragraphs.]
p27-53 The Second Book. [Divided into 23 'Texts' or paragraphs.]
p54-62 The Third Book. [Divided into 6 'Texts' or paragraphs.]
p63-70 [Dictionary of alchemical words.]
Enthusiasmus triumphatus, or, a discourse of the nature, causes, kinds, and cure, of enthusiasme; written by... and prefixed to Alazonomastix his observations and reply; whereunto is added a letter of his to a private friend, wherein certain passages in his reply are vindicated, and several matters relating to enthusiasme more fully cleared.
London, printed by J. Flesher, and are to be sold by W. Morden bookseller in Cambridge, MDCLVI .
A new method of physick: or, a short view of Paracelsus and Galen's practice; in 3. treatises. I. Opening the nature of physick and alchymy. II. Shewing what things are requisite to a physitian and alchymist. III. Containing an harmonical systeme of physicke. Written in Latin by... phylosopher, and physitian in Germany. Translated into English by Nicholas Culpeper...
London, printed by Peter Cole in Leaden-Hall, and are to be sold at his shop at the sign of the Printing-press in Cornhil neer the Royal Exchange: and by S. Howes, J. Garfield, and R. Westbrook. 1654.
Penotus Palimosis: or the alchymists enchiridion. In two parts. The first, containing excellent experienced chymical receipts and balsoms for healing and curing most diseases incident to the body of man, &c. The second part, containing the Practice Mirabilis for the accomplishing and obtaining the white and red elixir which whosoever understands, need not read any other book. As also several chymical axioms. Together with a small treatise by way of dialogue, written by that very ancient philosopher Arislaus, concerning the Philosophers Stone. To which second part is prefix'd an apologetick introduction, written in answer to a scurrilous libel, published in Latin in Germany by D. Nicholaus Guibertus, in which answer is maintain'd both by reason and authority against the said libel, the possibility of making an elixir for transmutation of lead, and all other imperfect mettals into pure gold and silver. The whole written in Latin long since by that famous Helvetian Bernardus Penotus a Portu Sanctae Mariae Aquitani, and now faithfully Englished and claused by B.P. Philalethes.
London, printed for John Wyatt at the Rose in St Paul's Church-yard, 1692.
Varieties: or a surveigh of rare and excellent matters, necessary and delectable for all sorts of persons...
Richard Badger for Thomas Alchorn, 1635.
Observations on the art of making gold and silver; or, the probable means of replenishing the nearly exhausted mines of Mexico, |Peru, and Potosi; in a letter to a friend. By... To which are added, soem observations on the structure and formation of metals; and an attempt to prove the existence of the xn selaoron, the phlogiston of Stahl, the metallizing principle, or the principle of inflammability...
Printed at Salisbury, by Collins... 1796.
The art of chymistry, written in Lattin by... and done into English by Nicholas Culpepper...
London, printed for Simon Neale at the sign of the Three Pidgeons in Bedford Street in Covent Garden. 1674.
Philadelphian Society. Theosophical Transactions by the Philadelphian Society. Nos. 1-5.
London, March-November 1697.
An essay concerning adepts: or, a resolution of this inquiry, how it came to pass that adepts, if there are any in the world, are no more beneficial to Mankind than they have been known hitherto to be, and whether there could be no way to encourage them to communicate themselves. With some resolutions concerning the principles of the adeptists; and a model, practicable, and easy, of living in community. In two parts. By a Philadept...
London: printed by J. Mayos at the Golden Cross in Thames-street near Queen-hithe, and are to be sold by J. Nutt near Stationers-Hall. 1698.
Philalethes, Eirenaeus Philoponus.
The Marrow of Alchemy, Being an Experimental Treatise, Discovering the secret and most hidden Mystery of the Philosophers Elixer. Divided into two Parts: The first Containing Four Books chiefly Illustrating the Theory. The other Containing Three Books, Elucidating the Practique of the Art: In which, the Art is so plainly disclosed as never any before did for the benefit of young Practitioners, And the convincing those who are in Errours Labyrinth. By Eirenaeus Philoponos Philalethes.
London, Printed by A.M. for Edw. Brewster at the Signe of the Crane in Pauls Church-yard. 1654.
viii+70+viii+61 pages. 138x85mm.
A True Light of Alchymy. Containing, I. A Correct Edition of the Marrow of Alchymy, London 1709.
p i To the Courteous and Studious Reader. [Signed at end "Anonymus Philochemicus, Anagrammatizomenos, Egregius Christo."]
p viii Programma. [Latin verse.]
p1-20 The Introduction. The First Book. [In 83 stanzas.]
p21-36 The Second Book. [In 68 stanzas.]
p36-54 The Third Book. [In 82 stanzas.]
p55-69 The Fourth Book. [In 69 stanzas.]
p i [New title page] The Marrow of Alchymy, being An Experimental Treatise, Discovering the secret and most hidden Mystery of The Philosophers Elixir. The Second Part. Containing Three Books, Elucidating the Practick of the Art; In which The Art is so plainly disclosed, as never any before did, for the benefit of young Practitioners, and the convincing those who are in Errors Labyrinth. By Eirenaeus Philoponos Philalethes. London: Printed by R.I. for Edw. Brewster at the Sign of the Crane in Pauls Church-yard. 1655.
p iii-viii An Advertisement to the Reader [Signed at end "Anonymus Philochymicus, Anagrammatizomenos, Vix gregis Custos."]
[Bottom of p viii. A verse by William Sampson about the anonymous author of this work.]
p1-23 The Marrow of Alchymy. The Second Part. The First Book. [In 93 stanzas.]
p23-40 The Second Book. [In 74 stanzas.]
p40-61 The Third and Last Book. [In 87 stanzas.]
Ripley Reviv'd: or, an Exposition upon Sir George Ripley's Hermetico-Poetical Works. Containing the plainest and most excellent Discoveries of the most hidden Secrets of the Ancient Philosophers, that were ever yet published. Written by Eirenæus Philalethes an Englishman, stiling himself Citizen of the World.
London, Printed by Tho. Ratcliff and Nat. Thompson, for William Cooper at the Pelican in Little-Britain. 1678.
2 folios + xiv + 48 + ii + 392 + ii + 10 + 30 + iv + 31 pages.
[Full page engraving by [Robert] Vaughan, entitled "Domus Naturæ", which has 12 roundels taken from the plates engraved by Mathieu Merian included in J.D. Mylius, Opus Medico-Chymicum..., Francofurti, apud Lucam Iennis, 1618, which were subsequently cut up and used in Daniel Stolcius, Hortulus Hermeticus..., Francofurti, Impensis Lucae Jennisii. 1627.]
p i-vii The Author's Preface to his Expositions upon Sir George Ripley's Compound of Alchymy, &c.
p ix-xi An Advertisement [A short discussion by William Cooper on the texts of Ripley used by Philalethes in this book.]
p xiii [Table of contents and directions for the bookbinder.]
p xiv [New title page] An Exposition Upon Sir George Ripley's Epistle To King Edward IV. Written by Eirenæus Philalethes Anglus, Cosmopolita. London, Printed for William Cooper, at the Pellican in Little Britain, 1677.
p1-44 Sir George Ripley's Epistle to King Edward the Fourth, Unfolded.
p44-46 An Advertisement. [In which William Cooper explains that he does not have the complete manuscript of the Commentary on the 12 Gates, as the final six sections were removed by the Mr. Starkey, who thought that the World was unworthy of them. Cooper requests any reader who has a copy of the remaining sections should contact him at his shop, so that he might arrange for the work to be printed in its entirety.
p47-48 [List of Philalethes works made by Cooper. 15 of these had been printed, but Cooper appends a further 13 works, copies of which he cannot locate.]
p i [New title page] An Exposition upon Sir George Ripley's Preface. Written by Æyrenæus Philalethes, Anglus, Cosmopolita. London, Printed for William Cooper at the Pellican in Little Britain, MDCLXXVII.
p1-94 An Exposition upon the Preface of Sr George Ripley, Canon of Bridlington.
p95 [New title page] An Exposition Upon the First Six Gates of Sir George Ripley's Compound of Alchymie. Viz. 1. Calcination. 2. Dissolution. 3. Separation. 4. Conjunction. 5. Putrefaction. 6. Congelation. Written by Æyrenæus Philalethes, Natu Anglus, Habitatione Cosmopolita. London, Printed for William Cooper at the Pellican in Little Britain, MDCLXXVII.
p97-389 Sir George Ripley's Compound of Alchymie Expounded by a Son of Art.
p390-392 The Bookseller to the Reader. [Again William Cooper asks any readers who have copies of unpublished works by Philalethes, to send them to him for publication.]
[New title page] Experiments for the Preaparation of the Sophick Mercury, By Luna, and the Antimonial-Stellate-Regulus of Mars, For the Philosophers Stone. Written by Eirenæus Philalethes, an Englishman, and a Cosmopolite.
[New title page] A Breviary of Alchemy; or a Commentary upon Sir George Ripley's Recapitulation: Being a Paraphrastical Epitome of his Twelve Gates. Written by Æyrenæus Philalethes, Anglus, Cosmopolita. London, Printed for William Cooper at the Pellican in Little Britain. MDCLXXVIII.
p1-7 Sir George Ripley's Recapitulation.
p8-28 A Breviary of Alchemy; or a Commentary upon Sir George Ripley's Recapitulation: Being a Paraphrastical Epitome of his XII Gates.
p29 [List of alchemical books lately printed for William Cooper.]
p i [New title page] An Exposition upon Sir George Ripley's Vision. Written by Æyrenæus Philalethes, Anglus, Cosmopolita. London, Printed for William Cooper at the Pellican in Little Britain. MDCLXXVII.
p iii-iv [Text of Ripley's Vision, in verse.]
p1-25 The Vision of Sr George Ripley, Canon of Bridlington, Unfolded.
p26 [Note by Cooper to the effect that M. Birrius in publishing three treatises of Philalethes in Latin, had left out one whole chapter from the last treatise entitled Fons Chymicae Philosophiae. Cooper states that he will append this to the present volume.]
p27-28 Porta Prima. De Calcinatione Philosophica. [The missing chapter from the Latin edition of Fons Chymicae Philosophiae.]
p29-31 A Catalogue of certain Books, Printed and to be sold by William Cooper at the Pelican in Little-Britain, London.
A breviary of alchemy; or a commentary upon Sir George Ripley's recapitulation: being a paraphrastical epitome of his twelve gates. Written by Aeyrenaeus Philalethes Anglus, Cosmopolita.
London, printed for William Cooper at the Pellican in Little Britain. MDCLXXVIII .
Secrets Reveal'd; Or, An Open Entrance to the Shut-Palace of the King: Containing, The Greatest Treasure in Chymistry, never yet so plainly Discovered. Composed by a most famous English-man, Styling himself Anonymus, or Eyræneus Philaletha Cosmopolita: Who, by Inspiration and Reading, attained to the Philosophgers Stone, at his age of Twenty three Years, Anno Domini, 1645. Published for the Benefit of all English-men, by W.C. Esq; a true Lover of Art and Nature.
London, printed by W. Godbid for William Cooper in Little St. Bartholomews, near Little-Britain, 1669.
xxviii + 120 + vii pages. 167x100mm.
Introitus apertus ad occlusum regis palatium; autore anonymo Philaletha Philosopho in gratium artis chymicae filiorum nunc primum publicatus, curante Joanne Langio. Amstelodami, apud Joannem Janssonium a Waesberge & viduam ac haeredes Elizei Weyerstraet, 1667.
Introitus apertus ad occlusum regis palatium; autore anonymo Philaletha Philosopho in gratium artis chymicae filiorum nunc denuo publicatus, cum indice & nova praefatione Georgii Wolfgangi Wedelii. Ienae, Sumtu Io. Bielckii, bibliopolae, exscripsit Christoph. Krebs, 1699.
Philaletha Illustratus, sive Introitus Apertus ad Occlusum Regis Palatium... AEyrenaei Philalethae breviter exponuntur. Accessit his Narratio de Vita et Scriptis Starckii, nec non Dn. Doct. Becheri Pantaleon delarvatus. Opera Joh. Michaelis Faustii... Francofurti ed Moenum, sumpt. J. P. Andreae, 1706.
In Musaeum Hermeticum Reformatum et Amplificatum... Francofurti, 1678 and Francofurti et Lipsiae, 1749. pages 647-700.
In Manget, Bibliotheca Chemica Curiosa, 1702. Vol II. pages 661-675.
In Johann Hiskias Cardilucius, Magnalia Medico-Chymica, Nürnberg, 1676. page 297.
Des hochgelehrten Philalethae und anderer auserlesene chymische Tractätlein genannt. 1. Eröfneter Eingang zu des Königs verschlossen Pallast.... Wienn, J. P. Krauss, 1748.
Johann Langen. Des hochgelehrten Philalethae chymische Tractätlein. Eröffneter Eingang zu des Königs verschlossenem Pallaste.... Wien, 1749.
p i-iv To The Right Honourable The Lord Lucas, Baron of Shenfield in Essex. [Dedicatory Epistle by "W.C." dated 1668.]
p v-viii The Publishers Epistle to the English Reader. [Signed "W.C." dated 1668.]
p ix-xi The Epistle Dedicatory of John Langius, Publisher of this Author in Latin. To the most Prudent and most Excellent Man, the Lord Gabriel Vogtius, Heir of Elbersdorfe, &c. Privy Counsellor of the most Serene and Powerful Elector of Saxony, and Warden of his Coin and Metallick Affairs; as also Secretary of his Exchequer... [Dated at end "Hamburgh, December, 9, in the Year... 1666".]
p xiii-xxv The Preface of John Langius to the Reader [Dated "Hamburgh, December 9, in the year 1660" (sic).]
p xxvi-xxviii The Authors Preface.
p xxviii Reader, The true Manuscript Copy, which John Langius in his Preface doth so much thirst after, is here Published for thy benefit; in which thou wilt find considerable enlargements and explanations, wherein the Latin Translation is deficient, as witnesseth Chap. 15 &c.
p1-120 Secrets Reveal'd: or, An Open Entrance to the Shut Palace of the King. [In thirty five chapters.]
Of the necessity of the Sophick [Mercury] for the Work of the Elixir. - Of the Principles composing the [Mercury] Sophical. - Of the Chalybs of the Sophists. - Of the Magnet of the Sophists. - The Chaos of the Sophi. - The Air of the Sophists. - Of the first Operation of the Preparation of the Sophick Mercury, by the Flying Eagles. - Of the labour and tediousness of the first Preparation. - Of the Vertue of our Mercury upon all the Metals. - Of the Sulphur which is in the Sophical Mercury. - Of the Invention of the perfect Magistery. - Of the manner of making the perfect Magistery in general. - Of the Use of a ripe [Sulphur], in the Work of the Elixir. - Of the requisite Circumstances in general, belonging to this Work. - Of the accidental Purgation of Gold and Mercury. - Of the Amalgamation of the [Mercury] and Gold, and of the due weight of both. - Of the Preparation, Form, Matter, and Closing the Vessel. - Of the Philosophical Furnace or Athanor. - Of the Progress of the Work in the first Forty Dayes. - Of the appearing of Blackness in the Work of Sol and Luna. - Of the Burning of the Flowers, and how to prevent it. - The Regimen of Saturn, what it is, and whence it is denominated. - Of the various Regimens of this Work. - Of the first Regimen of the Work, which is of Mercury. - Of the second Regimen of the Work, which is of Saturn. - Of the Regimen of Jupiter. - Of the Regimen of Luna. - Of the Regimen of Venus. - Of the Regimen of Mars. - Of the Regimen of Sol. - The Fermentation of the Stone. - The Imbibition of the Stone. - The Multiplication of the Stone. - Of the manner of Projection. - Of the many Uses of this Medicine.
p i-v [Table of Contents.]
p vi [Table of characters used in the book.]
p vii [Errata.]
Three Tracts Of the Great Medicine of Philosophers for Humane and Metalline Bodies,
I. Intituled, Ars Metallorum Metamorphoseos.
II. Brevis Manuductio ad Rubinum Coelestum.
III. Fons Chymicae Philosophiae.
All written in Latine by Eirenæus Philalethes Cosmopolita. Translated into English for the Benefit of the Studious by a lover of Art and Them.
London, printed and sold by T. Sowle, at the Crooked-Billet in Holy-well-Lane Shoreditch, Anno 1694.
xxvi + 186 pages. 156x96mm.
Other editions: Tres tractatus de metallorum transmutatione. Quid singulis contineatur, sequens pagina indicat. Incognito auctore. Adjuncta est appendix medicamentorum... Quae omnia... nunc primum in lucem edi curavit Martinus Birrius... Amstelodami, Apud Johannem Janssonium a Waesberge, & viduam Elizei Weyerstraet, 1668.
Drey schöne und auserlesene Tractätlein von Verwandelung der Metallen, samt Wigands vom rothen Schilde philosophi und medici beygefügtem Tractätlein, genannt die Herrligkeit der Welt... ins Teutsche übersetzet von Johanne Langen. Hamburg, 1675.
In Musaeum Hermeticum Reformatum et Amplificatum... Francofurti, 1678 and Francofurti et Lipsiae, 1749. pages 741-814.
In Manget, Bibliotheca Chemica Curiosa, 1702. Vol II. pages 676-696.
p i-xxvi The Publishers Preface to the Reader. [Signed by "Philetæros"]
p1-91 Tract The First. The Art of the Transmutation of Metalls. [In eight chapters.]
Concerning the Authority of the Art, its Professors, and the way of searching out the Secret. - Of the beginning of the Art, its Writers, and its Foundation, in which it is Treated of the Metallick Principles and the gradual Production of Metalls and Minerals. - Of Gold and Silver, how they come of Mercurial-Matter, and of the possibility of Changing Imperfect Metals, to the perfection of these. - Concerning the Seed of Gold: also the Question answered whether other Metals have Seed. - Concerning the Virtue of the Seed of Gold, and in what it is immediately included. - Of the Manner and Means of Extracting its Seed. - Of the first Philosophical Agent, or Matrix, into which our Seed is to be Emitted and into which it is Ripened. - Of the Genealogy of the Philosophical Mercury, its Rise, Birth and distinguishing Signes that go before and accompany it.
p92 [New title page] A Short Manuduction To the Cælestial Ruby. Written in Latine By Eyræneus Philalethes. Translated into English by a Lover of Art and Nature. London, Printed, by T. Sowle in Holy-well Lane in Shoreditch, 1693/4
p93-146 Tract The Second. A short Manduction to the Cælestial Ruby.
p148 [New title] The Fountain of Chymical Philosophy. Written in Latine by Eyrenæus Philalethes. Printed in the Year, 1694.
p151-186 Tract the Third. The Fountain of Chymical Philosophy.
A True Light of Alchymy. Containing, I. A Correct Edition of the Marrow of Alchymy, being a Celebrated Experimental treatise, discovering the Secrets and most Hidden Mystery of the Philosophers Elixir, both in Theory and Practice. II. The Errors of a late Tract called, A short Discourse of the Quintessence of Philosophers, wherein is pretended to be set forth, how one Select Person might be made partaker of it by the Authors means, and others rightly Directed in prosecuting that Study. III. The Method and Materials pointed at, composing the Sophick Mercury, and Transmuting Elixir, in plain Terms, free from all Enigma's. The like never before Emitted to the world...
London: printed by I. Dawks for the author, 1709.
vi+ 98 pages. 152x85mm.
The Marrow of Alchemy,...London, 1654.
p ii Reader. [Dated "July 2. 1709."]
[Title at bottom of page] The Marrow of Alchymy, being an Experimental Treatise, discovering the secrets and most hidden Mystery of the Philosophers Elixir. Divided into Two Parts, containing Four Books, chiefly illustrating the Theory. The other containing Three Books, Elucidating the Practice of the Art; in which the Art is so plainly disclose, as never any before did, for the Benefit of Young Practitioners, and Convincing those who are in Errors Labyrinth. By Eirenaeus, Philoponos, Philalethes.
p iii-vi To the Courteous and Studious Reader. [Signed at end "Anonymus Philochymicus, Anagrammatizomenos, Egregius Christo."]
[At bottom of p vi] Programma [Latin verse.]
p1-13 The Introduction. The First Book. [In 83 stanzas.]
p13-22 The Second Book. [In 68 stanzas.]
p23-34 The Third Book. [In 82 stanzas.]
p35-44 The Fourth Book. [In 69 stanzas.]
p45 [New title page] The Marrow of Alchymy being, An Experimental Treatise, discovering the Secret and most Hidden Mystery of the Philosophers Elixir. The Second Part. Containing Three Books. Elucidating the Practick of the Art. In which The Art is so plainly disclosed, as never any before did, for the benefit of Young Practitioners, and the convincing those who are in Errors Labyrinth. By Eirenaeus Philoponos Philalethes. London: Printed for the Author, 1709.
p47-50 An Advertisement to the Reader [Signed at end "Anonymus Philochymicus, Anagrammatizomenos, Vix gregis Custos."
p51-64 The Marrow of Alchymy. The Second Part. The First Book. [In 93 stanzas.]
p65-75 The Second Book. [In 74 stanzas.]
p76-88 The Third and Last Book. [In 87 stanzas.]
p89-92 A Detection of the Errors of a late Tract, Entituled, A short Discourse of the Quintessence or Tincture of Philosophers; wherein is pretended to be set forth, How some one particular select Person, may be made partaker of it by the Authors means, and others rightly Directed in prosecuting that Study.
[On p92 is a rough woodcut of two swordsmen fighting.]
p93-97 The Method and Materials pointed at, Composing the Sophick Mercury, and Transmuting Elixir, in plain Terms, free from all Enigma's; the like never before emitted to the World.
p98 [Advertisement for another book from the publisher.]
Philadelphia, or brotherly love to the studious in the Hermetic Art. Wherein is discovered the principles of Hermetic Philosophy, with much candour and plainness. Written by...
Printed and sold by T. Sowle at the Crooked Billet in Holy-well-Lane in Shoreditch. 1694. A Philosophical Enquiry Into some of the Most considerable Phenomena's of Nature. In Two Parts. Wherein, First, the Divine Nature, with the Order, Causes, and ultimate End of the Creation, and particularly, the Human Nature, are considered. And, Secondly, The Nature of the World, with the Progress of her Ordinary Course, in Producing, Multiplying, and Changing, her various Species, are briefly stated. Likewise, A Touch on her Defects, with Regard to Maladies in Animal Bodies; and how, and of what, the same are formed; with a hint, to avoid Dangers, in the Rosacrucian Navigation. The whole conformable to the Doctrine of Fermentation.
London: Printed for W. Mears at the Lamb, and J. Brown at the Black-Swan without Temple-Bar. 1715.
x + 189 + iii pages. 150x90mm.
p i-v To the Reader.
p vi Advertisement.
p vii-x [Table of contents.]
p1-110 [The first part in six chapters.]
Introduction. - Shewing, that the History of the Creation is not to be understood altogether literally; as the same is deliver'd by the inspired Penman. - Shews how the History of the Creation may be consider'd in a figurative Sense, void of any real Incoherence in the Text. - Of the Microcosm, or little World, Man, as he is the Epitomy and Image of the Universe. - Of Adam in a State of Nature; of the Image of God; of the Fall, and Restoration, and of the Propagation of Souls. - Of Paradise; Of the Tree of Life; Of the Tree of Knowledge; Of Humane Reason; and of Conscience.
p111-189 The Second Part. [In six chapters.]
Concerning Angels and Devils, their Virtues and their Vices. - Concerning the Elements, both sensible and insensible; their constituting Principles, and those of other Productions. - Concerning the Nature, Motion, Office and Operation of the Sun, and other Planets and Stars. - Concerning Fermentation. - Concerning Conservation, and Nourishment of natural Production, especially in Animal Bodies, both conformable with, and contrary to Nature's ordinary Process. - Concerning Minerals, and the Manner of their Productions.
p i -iii [Notices of books printed and sold by W. Mears, and J. Brown.]
Novum lumen medicum; wherein the excellent and most necessary doctrine of the highly-gifted philosopher Helmont concerning the great mystery of the Pholosophers [sic] sulphur. Is fundamentally cleared by... Out of a faithful and good intent to those that are ignorant and straying from the truth, as also out of compassion to the sick. Written by the authour in the German tongue, and now Englished by F.H. a German.
London, printed by J.C. for J. Crook at the sign of the Ship in St. Pauls Church-yard. 1662.
An account of some experiments on mercury, silver and gold, made at Guildford in May, 1782. In the laboratory of James Price... to which is prefixed an abridgment of Boyle's account of a degradation of gold...
Oxford: Clarendon P., 1782.
The antimoniall cup twice cast; or, a treatise concerning the antimoniall cup, shewing the abuse thereof. First, written in Latine by James Primerose... in consideration of a small pamphlet set forth by the founder of the cup. Translated into English by Robert Wittie...
London, printed by B. A. and T. Fawcett. 1640.